Commentary Chapter 4 emphasizes further Crusoe's materialism, and he begins to acquire more land, goods, and money. Again, as so often, Crusoe, despite his trust in God, is thwarted and confused. His illness caused him to re-evaluate his thankfulness to God and to reappraise his duty to God. Climbing to the top of a hill, he discovered that he was on an island which he believed to be uninhabited. Crusoe decided to go on his own again to the Guinea coast and took the other hundred pounds with him, leaving two hundred pounds with the captain's widow for safe keeping.
Defoe was a staunch believer in religious freedom and, during the next three years, he published several pamphlets protesting against the king's policies. He looked out to see if anything of the ship was still visible, but saw only her remains. He was kept by the master of the ship and was made the master's personal slave. Though the three prisoners seemed to despair, Crusoe felt that Providence had brought them here to insure their deliverance because of Crusoe. When Defoe returned home, he found a failing business and a family wracked by poverty.
Signaling to Crusoe on the island, they returned with everything well in hand. In order to prevent them, Crusoe had Friday and the first mate go to a nearby knoll to yell until the crew returned. Beware of the two killer words in literary analysis: interesting and important. He had the impression that the savage would serve him and guide him from the island. May 4: Crusoe went fishing, but caught nothing but a dolphin. Commentary These chapters constitute a key element in Robinson Crusoe.
Sure, you can look at it this way. This event causes Crusoe to contemplate the customs of cannibalism and what his duty should be if he were confronted with the cannibals. Although the others made ready to shoot, Friday seemed amused at the sudden appearance of such an animal. Cliffs Notes on Robinson Crusoe © 1976 16 www. He puzzled as to how to make his own bread from his crop of barley and spent the next six months furnishing himself with utensils to grind the barley and bake the bread.
England, in 1685, was ruled by James Stuart, a Catholic, who was strongly anti-Protestant. How important were the attitudes of Crusoe's father on his son's development? Cliffs Notes on Robinson Crusoe © 1976 13 www. Once saved, he lifted his arms and thanked God. How will that knowledge help them better appreciate or understand the work overall? May 10-14: Crusoe went every day to the ship and brought back a great deal of timber and iron. As soon as Crusoe knew that he was to have a boat at his command, he began to make preparations to escape. Urging Robinson not to go, his father promised to help establish him in a comfortable life at home, but, amid tears, warned him that if he joined a boat and went to sea, there would be no one to help him in his troubles and God would not even bless him. As more came out of the woods, Crusoe and his other men laid a line of timber around them and set fire to it.
In 1719, Defoe finished and published Robinson Crusoe, a long, imaginative literary masterpiece. These are minor inconsistencies and the reader should not be troubled if he cannot work out an exact chronology. When this failed, another boat with ten men in it was launched and headed for the shore. We do appreciate when you participate in our website. There are no other people to corrupt or destroy the harmony in which Crusoe is living in with nature.
Entering a forest that they had been warned about, they encountered a dead horse being eaten by wolves. There are as many different, valid ways of reading a book as there are books in the world. Maybe the main character acts one way around his family and a completely different way around his friends and associates. He went to work digging a cave, but a storm channeled all of his energy into securing the gunpowder so that it would not become wet and, therefore, useless. Friday is intelligent, so Crusoe begins teaching him English and introduces to him some. Defoe is showing us a very human, if perhaps negative, trait of human nature: man has an assertive, fierce dominance drive.
Surely, he had met a better fate than the other ten in the boat who were undoubtedly dead. November 1: He set up his tent and spent his first night in it. The discovery of the footprint prepares the way for the later appearance of the savages upon the shore and causes Crusoe to be more alert and cautious. Mainly, the story of Robinson Crusoe is based on a Scottish sailor named Alexander Selkirk who lived alone of the island of Juan Fernandez for over four years until he was rescued Sutherland 7. Crusoe considered this a fair proposal and consented to it. Then, if he had not desired greater wealth than was his lot in Brazil, he would never have been shipwrecked, and would now be living a happy and wealthy life in Brazil.